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Better punishment

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

In consideration of the current deluge of political figures who have been convicted of malfeasance in their elected office, I have a practical solution for dealing with such miscreants.

The state of Illinois needs funds. It does not need more people to feed and house in publicly funded minimum security facilities.

When elected officials are convicted of stealing public funds, seize their property and other assets to repay the stolen funds plus assess a 200 percent penalty for the proven theft. If a conviction is made for other illegal but nonviolent activities, impose a monetary penalty – confiscate assets and garnish wages. Nonviolent criminals should be punished by severe fines, not incarcerated at public expense.

While addressing nonviolent criminal acts, how about the legislators who violated the state constitution by voting to abstain from funding the state pension programs? Do they receive a pass?

Thomas A. Tufo

Hebron

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